The 80's lunch

Ian Gathers No Moss

Singer, songwriter and musician, Ian Moss, is 65 on the 20th of March.

Born in Darwin, young Ian took piano lessons before switching to guitar when he was 11.

He played in the bands The Scene and Hot Ice before moving to Adelaide in '72.

In '73 he formed the group Orange with Don Walker and Steve Prestwich and Jimmy Barnes joined later as lead singer and they became Cold Chisel.

Bass player Phil Small joined in '75 completing the classic line up.

The band settled in Sydney in '77 and they recorded their self titled debut album the next year.

Their second album Breakfast At Sweetheart in '79 was a top 5 hit but things exploded in the 80's.

Their third album East became their bigest seller and contained the hits Choir Girl, My Baby and Cheap Wine.

Other hits in the 80's include Forever Now, Saturday Night, Flame Trees and You Got Nothing I Want.

Cold Chisel broke up in '83 and Ian took some time off before releasing his first solo album Matchbook in '89.

The singles Tucker's Daughter and Telephone Booth proceeded the album and both cracked the top 10.

In the 90's he released two albums, one a hit and once a miss, before Cold Chisel reformed and released The Last Wave of Summer in '98.

Ian released three solo albums in the 2000's before Cold Chisel did some more gigs late in the decade.

Sadly drummer Steve Prestwich died in 2011 from a brain tumour.

Ian's self titled album came out two years ago and just missed the top 10, his highest chart positiion since Matchbook.

Cold Chisel released their ninth album Blood Moon last year and did a national tour.

Ian Moss played at The Capital Theatre in Bendigo a week ago celebrating the 30th (we'll, 31st now) anniversary of the Matchbook album.

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